SO Phoenix has come and gone–certainly without the fanfare and outright insanity of the previous week’s event… But Hey, F1 and IndyCar are due to rev their motors very soon too.
Subway Fresh Fit 500
After the Perilous first week out, things have toned down as NASCAR makes its Western US swing through Phoenix, Vegas and Fontana. Denny Hamlin, driving for NFL coaching great, Joe Gibbs looked racy as he clinched the Subway Fresh Fit 500–beating Kevin Harvick who coasted across the line second, out of gas. This is Hamlin’s first win at the PIR Tri-Oval and with a hot new crew chief, known to many as Tony Stewart’s former crew chief, Darian Grubb, may have the momentum to grab a few more checkers. This will be a pair to watch–Grubb has some vindication–after winning 5 of the last 10 races with Stewart for the Chase last year–only to be fired–and Hamlin, who seeks his first Sprint Cup Championship and with 8 wins in 2010 only came up a bridesmaid to Jimmie Johnson. This, in my opinion will be the team to watch this year.
Two Pace Cars are Better than One
Yes, something broke. But that still doesn’t deter me from picking on Columbia’s spoiled brat, Juan Pablo Montoya. So NASCAR has added a regulation, requiring an extra pace car when a Jet Dryer is being used. This extra pace car should put an additional driver in harms way to act as a destroyer to the jet fuel filled blowers. Let’s call it the JPM Car! It’s not a pace car at all! It is there to keep Spoiled Colombian Noblemen from what might have been the single biggest boneheaded move i have ever seen in the history of the sport.
Let’s get right down to it. JPM can drive, its just no one who deals with him on a regular basis–beyond maybe his mother–can stand him. Let’s look at some prime examples:
He has little patience for people:
Has absolutely NO sense of humor:
And is a complete ass to the people who support him:
Need I say More? Come on America join me in giving the New Pace car a proper name!
The last time the world tuned into a race at this speedway was a frightful and fateful day. But where Vegas may not be a suitable track for IndyCars, it was purpose built for Sprint Cup Cars and should prove to be a high speed deuces wild for fans around the globe.
In the meantime, Rubens will be driving IndyCar–having gotten clearance from his wife and rumors are beginning to spread about Jarno Trulli–wouldn’t that be cool?